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Eligibility and Expectations

Complete applications require both a Postdoc and a Research Advisor. Eligibility requirements for both roles are detailed below.

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Application Instructions

Create and release your Profile on Zintellect – Postdoctoral applicants must create an account and complete a profile in the Zintellect online application system. Please note: your résumé/CV may not exceed 2 pages. Any pages beyond page 2 will be removed prior to review.

Identify a research opportunity – Filter research opportunities by organization (Office of the Director of National Intelligence) in the Zintellect Opportunity Catalog and identify one or more research opportunities relevant to your research.

Apply for one or more opportunities by completing your application – Enter the rest of the information required for the IC Postdoc Program Research Opportunity. The application itself contains detailed instructions for each one of these components: availability, citizenship, transcripts, dissertation abstract, publication and presentation plan, and information about your Research Advisor co-applicant. The Program will not accept proposals containing human or animal subjects in 2017.

Upload your Research Advisor Packet – The Research Advisor Packet includes three documents:

Postdoctoral Applicants, please note: your research proposal must be reviewed by your designated Research Advisor prior to the submission of your application. Also note that your proposed host facility will need ample time to review your proposal and execute the Commitment for Sponsored Research Form. Applicants are encouraged to discuss these forms with your designated Research Advisor as early in the process as possible.

Upload your research proposal – Proposals should begin with a brief abstract, followed by the body of the proposal, which should contain these components: a) statement of problem, b) background and relevance to previous work, c) general methodology, procedures to be followed, and timeline for completion of each step, d) explanation of new or unusual techniques, e) expected results and their significance and application, and f) literature citations, where appropriate. Proposals should be 6-8 pages, including figures and citations; single-spaced (excluding captions); using 12-point, Times New Roman font. Any pages in excess of 8 will be removed from the application prior to review.

Nature of the Appointment

A Postdoc is not an employee of ORISE, ORAU, the ODNI, the host facility, or any other office or agency. Instead, the individual has a guest appointment at the designated host facility and is affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

By accepting the Terms of Appointment, the individual agrees that the receipt of stipend payments from ORISE shall not be construed as an employment relationship and acknowledges there are no employment-related benefits (such as paid vacations, sick pay, FMLA family leave, unemployment compensation, or worker's compensation) associated with this appointment.

As a guest at the host facility, a Postdoc is expected to devote full time effort in pursuing the activities of the research program, publishing research results, participating and presenting at appropriate scientific conferences and meetings, and participating in technical activities at the host facility as directed by their Research Advisor.

Postdocs should:

Postdocs should NOT:

Health Insurance

Every Postdoc is required to have health insurance on the first day of the appointment and throughout the duration of the program. Postdocs may not continue their appointments if their insurance coverage lapses. Individual or family insurance coverage may be purchased through ORISE, or participants may obtain another insurance plan from the company of their choice. The IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program provides a stipend supplement of $5,000 per year to help defray the cost of health insurance. This supplement may be applied to the insurance plan of the participant’s choice. If the participant is not enrolled in the insurance plan offered through ORISE, the Postdoc must provide proof of other coverage.